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The Marshall Fire that raged through suburbs of the Denver-Boulder metro area of Colorado on December 30 was small by one measure—it burned only about 6,000 acres. But it was the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. Authorities in Boulder County said that almost 1,100 homes were destroyed and more damaged. One man was confirmed dead, and a missing woman is presumed to have died. Damage estimates stand at more than half a billion dollars.
A home in Louisville, Colorado, destroyed by the Marshall Fire on December 30, 2021 | Photo courtesy: S. Arnold
There were significant victories last year in the fight against climate change. People acted at the local level and won.
In Memphis, Tennessee, a Black-majority neighborhood successfully fought the construction of an oil pipeline. ABC news reports that after two giant oil companies abandoned the project, it was hailed as a win for the city’s drinking water and environmental justice. The Guardian reports that the Delaware River Basin Commission placed a moratorium on new drilling permits, effectively imposing a fracking ban that covers 14,000 square miles in the Northeast. And in California, the Los Angeles Board of County Supervisors voted to phase out existing oil and gas operations and ban new ones.
Harvard students sit in for fossil fuel divestment | Credit: 350.org
It’s January, and for some it’s the time to go about returning unwanted holiday gifts—the celebrity cookbooks, sparkly sweaters, or knick knacks that weren’t quite your style. If you’re boxing up stuff to ship back, you’re not alone.
Credit: Jan Vašek/Pixabay
Paris will host the summer Olympics in 2024, and a record will be set. For the first time since the French capital hosted the Games in 1900, open-water swimming competitions will take place in the River Seine, the famous waterway that flows past Notre-Dame de Paris, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. The Seine was declared biologically dead in the 1960s, as runoff from industry and agriculture, as well as sewage, flowed into the river. Native fish had disappeared, plants had died, and swimming had been banned since 1923.
Credit: Paris 2024